Riley M. Tidwell was born Sept 3,1923 in Fairfield
Texas. He grew up on a farm with his family until his Mother passed away
when he was 9 Years old. Another family then took him in where he was
raised until he joined the Texas National Guard at the age of 17. He then
joined the B Company 36th Division of the Army.
After coming home he learned of a story that was
written by Ernie Pyle about his beloved Captain Henry T. Waskow. This
became the story of his life and after his marriage to my mother we came
to know this Captain even though we had never met him. We had his picture
in the living room, there were newspaper stories through out the years and
many memories brought to life by these stories. I hoped some day to meet
this Captain's family and to get to know these people who had so touched
my Father's life.
There are many memories of my Dad and of growing up
in a home where he taught you to be honest, and kind. My fondest memory of
him was at my 9th grade prom, for you see he riot only was a chaperone but
he was my date. Yes, my escort, and he became the life of the dance. I bet
he must have danced every dance there with every one of the girls. We had
a ball, to remember. The next time he was at a school function was my high
school graduation. The same girls there were the ones from 9th grade, and
they still remembered him.
Dad was a great Father, Uncle, and Grandfather. I
wish he could have been here to see his children's children's grow for
they to would have some great memories to share. I close with,